An award-winning 42-minute video documentary about defending our American heritage of First Amendment rights and civil liberties against government attempts to repress democracy and our freedom to dissent.

A standoff



between protesters and police at a San Francisco anti-war rally in March 2003 on



the eve of the Iraq war.

A standoff between protesters and police at a San Francisco
anti-war rally in March 2003, on the eve of the Iraq invasion.

Using events, theatre, song, dance, comedy, satire, music, poetry, interviews with many well-known personalities and the wisdom of our founding fathers, VOICES reminds us of our roots and the importance of protecting authentic democracy. It challenges anyone who would limit the freedoms and civil liberties granted in the Constitution and Bill of Rights as fundamentally un-American, even if they are our own leaders. It inspires viewers to speak out, vote and actively protect our heritage of democracy, before we lose it.

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The full length of this film is 42 minutes.
See below to order a complete VHS or DVD for only $19.95 + p/h.
Use it in House Parties and local events to educate friends and family
on current issues of great importance and relevance to the election.

VOICES OF DISSENT features:

MARTIN SHEEN - actor and peace activist
AL FRANKEN - actor/comedian and Air America Radio talk show host. Author of "Lies and The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right"
WOODY HARRELSON - actor and peace activist
RON KOVIC - peace activist and author of "Born On the 4th of July"
BARBARA LEE - U.S. Congresswoman, 9th District, Oakland, California
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON - columnist, political commentator and author of "Fanatics & Fools: The Game Plan For Winning Back America"
LIZ FIGUEROA - California Senator
JIM HIGHTOWER - former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and author of "Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country and It's Time To Take It Back"
MEDEA BENJAMIN - co-creator of Code Pink/Women for Peace and Global Exchange
NORMAN SOLOMON - Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy. Co-author of "Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You"
JOAN BLADES - co-founder of MoveOn.org
DANIEL ELLSBERG - author of "Secrets: A Memoir Of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers"
PAUL KRUGMAN - New York Times columnist and author of "The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century"
KEVIN PHILLIPS - author of "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics Of Deceit In the House of Bush"
KEVIN SHELLEY - California Secretary of State and voting rights activist
JOSEPH WILSON - ambassador, husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame
WARREN LANGLEY - past president of the Pacific Stock Exchange and anti-war activist
HENRY NORR - technology writer fired by the San Francisco Chronicle for attending a peace rally
STARHAWK - author and peace activist
WILL DURST, BILL SANTIAGO, RENE HICKS - comedians and political satirists
DREW DELLINGER - spoken word artist
KATHRYN BLUME - actor and writer of The Accidental Activist, co-creator of the Lysistrata Project
SHARRON BOWER - actor and co-creator of the Lysistrata Project
SARA MOORE - actor, clown, satirist
SUSIE TOMPKINS-BUELL - founder of Esprit de Corp and voting activist
JIM BRONKE - former weapons engineer and peace activist
. . and many more . . .

VOICES OF DISSENT explores:

  • How the Patriot Act conflicts with vital provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  • Various forms of political activism and dissent, from theatrical performances (dance, comedy, satire, poetry) and massive group actions, to sole personal acts of dissent.
  • Protest marches, in big cities and small towns, showing the diversity of Americans opposed to repressive and militaristic government actions.
  • Police brutality actions against peaceful anti-war demonstrators and the resulting injuries and subsequent public hearing into the police violence.
  • Memorable quotes from past presidents and other widely respected public figures about the nature of dissent and freedom in a true democracy.
  • An historic perspective that points to key dissent actions in history, such as the Civil Rights Movement and 1963 March on Washington, Women's Movement, and Labor Movement.
  • The amazing creativity of protesters and dissenters at anti-war rallies and other actions, as they express their passionate opposition to the impending Iraq invasion in a wide range of ways.

Concerned citizens who are working to protect authentic democracy, and who feel frustrated about the damage being done by the Bush administration, can use VOICES OF DISSENT to educate friends and neighbors, colleagues and family. VOICES is a great tool for stimulating discussion on the issues and motivating people to get energized, to get involved, to vote and to urge others to register and vote.

TO ORDER VHS or DVD COPIES

Individuals, for personal/home use: $19.95. + $3.75 postage/handling (inside USA).
Institutional/Educational/Public Performance: $195.95 + $3.75 postage/handling
California residents (except non-profit organizations) add $1.70 CA Sales Tax to individual purchases and $16.66 to institutional purchases.

Please make payment by credit card (we accept Visa/MC), check or money order.
Call Karil Daniels, 415-821-0435 or email karil [at] mac.com to place an order,
or mail checks/money orders to:
Point of View Productions, 2477 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110.
Filmmaker is available for personal appearances at screenings/events. Call to arrange details.

UPCOMING FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS, SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday, 10/16, 10:40 AM - Vermont International Film Festival, in Burlington, VT.
VIFF is the world's oldest human rights and environmental film festival. Over the years,
the Vermont International Film Festival has become the premier documentary festival in the region.
VOICES will be featured in their Human Rights & Justice program. For a full festival line-up, see
www.vtiff.org

PAST FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS, EVENTS

7/10/04 - Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, TX.

9/8/04 - Screening at the planning meeting for PeaceFest, Mill Valley, CA.

9/11/04 - Take Back Democracy Film Festival, Dallas, TX.

9/11/04 - Bernal Heights Summer Outdoor Cine Festival. Includes Meet-the-Filmmakers Reception at
Progressive Grounds Cafe.

9/12/04 - Special Benefit Event for MoveOn at Studio B/Arts & Activism, San Francisco.
Live music by BLAME SALLY, an all-female quartet plus VOICES OF DISSENT screening. Q&A with filmmaker.

9/17/04 - A Music & Film Town Hall Revival for PAN, the Progressive Action Network, at One Taste
in San Francisco. Screening VOICES OF DISSENT plus musical performances by three bands. Q&A with filmmaker.

9/18/04 - Private Fundraiser Event Screening by invitation, San Francisco.

9/21/04 - Gracenet, Private Screening at a leading women's tech group, San Francisco. Q&A with filmmaker.

9/30/04 - Screening at Auctions-By-The-Bay Theatre in Alemeda, CA
in a special event for viewing of the first presidential debate. Q&A with filmmaker.

10/5/04 - Parkway Speakeasy Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606.
Theatrical premiere. Filmmaker and special surprise guests in person.

10/17/04 - Special screening at Berkeley Artist's Coop, West Berkeley, CA 94606. Q&A with filmmaker.

10/19/04 - ECHO Theater, Dallas, TX.
Special Screening with a week-long run of a political theatre performance of
"Dreaming America: In the Bunker with George."

10/20/04 - Pathways - Art Into Industry, San Francisco, CA.
Films, live music, art reception at Studio Z Gallery. Filmmaker Q&A.

10/21/04 - Sacred Film Circle Salon, San Francisco, CA. Filmmaker Q&A.

10/22/04 - Claremont House, Oakland, CA.
Private screening event for activist residents. Filmmaker Q&A.

10/25/04 - Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA.
Celebration, Special Event & Screening, with entertainment and presentations.
Co-hosted by Oakland City Council Member Nancy Nadel, Oakland Film Commissioner Ami Zins,
and Grand Lake Theater owner Allen Michaan. Gourmet reception, entertainment and screening of
VOICES OF DISSENT. Q&A with filmmaker and guests.
In-person: Author/activist Starhawk, folksinger Gary Lapow, Nicole Savage, co-creator of the
Make Love Not War Nude Protest at Baker Beach, William Osterhoudt of the National Lawyer's Guild.

10/28/04 - KTOP/Channel 10, Oakland, CA. Special free lunchtime screening for Oakland City Workers.

11/2/04 - Anon Salon & Lofty Thoughts present a free election party/event/screening in San Francisco:
RED, WHITE & WHO? Filmmaker present, Q&A.

12/1/04 - Pathways - Art Into Industry/Studio Z Gallary, San Francisco.

12/19/04 - Artists & Musicians for World Peace Holiday Groove, at Studio Z Gallery, San Francisco,
to benefit the Department of Peace Campaign.

1/18/05 - Lofty Thoughts presents The Sacred Film Circle in San Francisco,
a community/networking event featuring Voices of Dissent + other films. Q&A with filmmakers.

1/20/05 (Inauguration Day) - Post Peace March screening at the Amped Cafe in Homer, Alaska,
sponsored by Vessels of Hope, a grassroots, nonprofit organization focusing on positive social change.

1/27/05 - Two screenings at Vessels of Hope headquarters in Homer, Alaska.

3/13/05 - Screening at the Kachemak Community Center in Homer, Alaska.

4/8/05 - SFSU's Women's Center presented VOICES OF DISSENT at the First Annual SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL, in the Coppola Theater on the S.F. State University campus. It was awarded the prize for Best Activist Film.

4/9/05 - The ARTS FEST SPECTRA BALL screened VOICES OF DISSENT as part of the SACRED FILMS presentation,
in San Francisco.

4/22/05 - STARVING ARTIST FILM FESTIVAL screened VOICES OF DISSENT at the YWCA of UC Berkeley, CA. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening.

4/30 & 5/1/05 - Repeated screenings throughout the day in the Media Court. VOICES OF DISSENT was chosen for the Bay Area Filmmakers Showcase at PREPUT, a conference for the international community of public broadcasters immediately preceding the international INPUT Conference, in San Francisco.

5/11/05 - Screening at Bay Area Women in Film & Television, San Francisco - Media Activism Panel event.
Filmmaker present for panel discussion, Q&A.

8/8/05 - Free public screening and discussion at the East Atlanta Library, Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA.

9/22/05 - Oakland International Film Festival, featured in the program of political films, on the closing day of festival, at the Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA.

PLUS nationwide broadcasts on FreeSpeech TV (which is seen on satellite DISH network and some cable systems), various PBS stations across the country, and countless local Community Access TV stations, which together have reached many millions of viewers.

. . . and countless community, school and private screenings held by citizens and interested individuals in house parties and screening events all over the country.

REVIEWS

"VOICES OF DISSENT is a wake-up call for anyone who wants to pay attention to what is happening in our country -- and what we can do about it. An antidote to complacency and illusion, this film provides a jolt of realism and inspiration. The tradition of struggling for civil liberties and social justice is alive and well in VOICES OF DISSENT. The clear message is that eternal vigilance is essential if we're going to turn around the ominous trends of recent years. This is the kind of video you'll probably want to pass out to people you know, urging them to do the same -- spreading the inspiration and encouraging each other to work more effectively to overcome the right-wing forces currently on the march in the United States.
-- Norman Solomon, author & syndicated columnist

"I was never so moved by watching a film before. A priceless piece of work. I thought about it for a long time."
-- John Blackburn(bought 5 copies to send to friends in swing states.)

"An excellent, very professional and effective piece. It moves swiftly and entertainingly and has an amazing cast of characters. Most effective for me are the powerful interspersed quotes of the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln."
-- Terry Sanders, Academy Award-winning filmmaker

"I love it. It is a wonderful video. Compelling, accurate and not at all exaggerated. It gives us hope.
-- Lila Garrett, Co-Producer & Host of CONNECT THE DOTS, KPFK Radio, LA

"There is a lot of great information that will inform a lot of people. I felt encouraged to do more."
-- David Latimer, publisher of THE THRESHER

[VOICES is recommended by MoveOn.org for showing at activist house parties. Some feedback:]
"Karil - I got the DVD on Friday night. We watched it Saturday - it was the perfect piece! I think it really helped to excite the group and we're planning on trying to show it at our neighborhood library. Thanks!"
-- Marnie Bell-Ferguson, MoveOn event host, Atlanta, GA

"I have now added your film to my growing list of must sees, and I am thrilled that your documentary is available for purchase . . . Your film helped me to understand more clearly how our democracy is being threatened, but even more important, it helped me to understand the duty each one of us has to try to help preserve our democracy. I have three grand-daughters and I want them and their children to know that I did what I could to help preserve and protect our freedoms. Thanks for making such a powerful and effective documentary."
-- DeeDee Brady
, Festival attendee

"VOICES OF DISSENT was the strongest and most powerful film shown that night (at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cine Festival), and should be must-watching for anyone concerned about the current political climate in America. Is the filmmaker making copies available for purchase? I would like to send a copy or two to friends afar so they can experience DISSENT for themselves. Strong, moving, direct to the point."
--jsbmswpi (by email)

"I just wanted to reach out to you and say THANK YOU! I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I walked away feeling motivated and encouraged. The film was done in a very mature, clear, positive way that I certainly hope will affect thousands more. Thanks again."
-- Shira Futterman, concerned citizen

"Congratulations, Karil! You turned such a difficult task into a piece of art. The rhythm, pacing, syncing work so well with the reasoning. The energy of the film builds up and carries all the way to the finale."
-- Song Cato, documentary filmmaker/Chinese translator

"I saw your film at the Parkway Theater and loved it. I just moved here (Oakland, CA) from Iowa, and I have to get a copy to send back to my dissenting Midwestern friends! Thanks, and congratulations on your great work!"
-- Elaine Cooperstein,audience member

"An important film."
-- Dan Drasin, award-winning filmmaker

MEDIA APPEARANCES

KKUP - 91.5 FM, People's Community Radio, Santa Clara, CA - The Laura Renaldi Show, 9/5/04

KPFA 94.1 FM, Listener Supported Radio, Berkeley, CA - The Morning Show, 10/18/04

KPFA 94.1 FM, Listener Supported Radio, Berkeley, CA - Music with Victoria Show, 10/19/04

Pirate Radio 87.9 FM, San Francisco. Interview with Karil Daniels on DOC TALK, 4/5/05.
If you missed the show you can listen online or check the archive at
http://www.doctalktradio.com

Guest on the long running show NEXT STEP at Cable Media Center, Palo Alto, CA, with hosts
Daniel Kotke and Daniela Hascara. Showed excerpts and discussed production. Aired 5/05.

Featured guest on MOVIE CLOSE-UP, on 9/21/05, for the full half hour show. This live interview show is
hosted by Bonnie Steiger on Channel 29, who interviews filmmakers and discusses films of interest to San Franciscans.

CREDITS

Producer/Director/Cinematographer: KARIL DANIELS

Editors: GLENN MC ELHOSE, KARIL DANIELS

Music Composed and Performed by: CHRIS CARRIG

Special Effects & Grapics: ARTHUR VIBERT, GLENN MC ELHOSE

Title Animation: ASAF ZULAH

Associate Producer/Researcher: ELIZABETH KANTER

Produced by: POINT OF VIEW PRODUCTIONS


LINKS

CITIZEN ACTION:

  • The People's Email Network: Voice your opinions easily and quickly to elected officials on issues of national importance.

  • Move On: Innovator in the use of grassroots citizen actions to impact the political scene.

ELECTION ISSUES:

  • Votergate: An excellent documentary on the extensive dangers and unreliability of computer voting systems used in 2004
    and the likelihood of vote fraud in the 2004 election.
  • Keith Olbermann: Film clip of the MSNBC Keith Olbermann show which aired 11/11/04, on the 2004 election fraud allegations
    in OH and FL.


Website Content Author: Karil Daniels

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